Korean Frequency List -Top 6000 Words

The Frequency list of 6000 most common Korean words compiled by National Institute of Korean language is already available on TOPIK GUIDE in 6 parts – First PartSecond Part,Third Part, Fourth PartFifth Part and Sixth Part.

You can also access the complete list on a single webpage in plain text form. It can be useful for printing purposes. This html list is from ezcorean.com. One plus point with this list is that it also has the difficulty levels of the words as A, B and C in the second column. A means the basic and most common words, B the intermediate level words and C represents advanced level words. You can ignore the first and third columns. Hope you find it useful. Go to THE LIST.

Download The List as MS Word File – CLICK HERE


    • TOPIK GUIDE says

      It’s downloadable. You will get the download link automatically through email after you complete the payment. Thank you.

  1. says

    This is brilliant! I shall be printing this out on to flash cards – order them all by difficulty etc, or would you suggest something else?

    Also, what do the columns stand for? I mean the ones I can dismiss.

  2. says

    God Bless You.. I painstakingly find the words one by one before using dictionary and Google translate.. It good but slow.. Thank you for this.. it really help my Korean vocabulary

    • TOPIK GUIDE says

      Yes. There was two courses on basic Chinese characters in my bachelors program in Korean.. But I forgot everything.. :)

      • sahr says

        Thats too bad. I abruptly stopped studying Korean vocabulary to absorb Chinese characters. You can even learn the pure Korean words easier once you learn its Chinese equivalent. My opinion. Fantastic site, by the way!

  3. Malaz says

    Thanks for all the work, I have a question: are these vocabulary lists related to the TOPIK test level ? I mean if I am taking intermediate test(levels 3 and 4) are they going to be based on the third and fourth part of this vocabulary list ?

  4. Philipp Grunwald says

    Satish, is the Word document the original from NIKL or written by you? Either way, I happen to have problems opening it. Any idea why? Could you maybe zip it?

    PS: Should you ever dare to create your own word document, my suggestion would be to keep all the tabular elements / references of the original NKIL document (such as word class and hanja) and sort it after frequency, as the NIKL original is already sorted by (Korean) alphabet.

    Might be that you did all this already, but I couldn’t find out yet, as I was unable to open your document in both Word 2012 and Hanword / HWP (Error message: “Inappropriate number of rows/columns in the table”)

    • TOPIK GUIDE says

      Hi Philipp, Sorry for late reply.
      I have not created this list. I got it from some other site.. not from NIKL directly as I couldn’t find it on their website…
      I am sending you the word file by mail…

  5. Athalie says

    Thank you for your hard work!
    I have a question…
    Is it possible to sign up for two different level exams?
    ((I’m asking because I can’t decide wether I should take the intermediate or the advanced. I studied at Sogang uni’s KLEC up to the 6th level. I checked the latest topik exams and the intermediate paper was really easy for me. On the other hand, the advanced level test seemed hard.. I don’t know what to do.. I would feel bad if I would go for the 4th grade after finishing the 6th level at school.. however, if I try the advanced exam and I fail, in the end I won’t have anything in my hand… so if I could write both exams it would be good for my conscience and I would pass at least one exam for sure….. what do you think?))
    Thank you for your answer in advance!

    • TOPIK GUIDE says

      Taking both levels would be the best way…
      and by the way you will feel happy if you get a really high score, like 90-95, in level 4… :)
      Actually there is no relation between TOPIK levels and the levels of course in Korean language institutes..
      In fact, almost no language institute in Korean universities has a level corresponding to TOPIK level 6…
      So don’t feel bad if you are not able to get advanced TOPIK after finishing advanced level in your language school…
      All the best…

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